Dzmitry Urbanovich Holds onto First, Joe Kuether Climbs in Standings

Dzimtry left EPT Malta with four spade trophies and the lead in POY. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Dzimtry left EPT Malta with four spade trophies and the lead in POY. (Photo courtesy of PokerStars)

Dzmitry Urbanovich holds the lead in this week’s 2015 BLUFF Player of the Year standings in a rare lull of tournament action during April. Urbanovich’s dominating EPT Malta performance was enough for a sub-four point lead over Nick Petrangelo.

Urbanovich won four separate tournaments at the Malta festival, finished runner-up and had an eighth place finish all within ten days which padded his bankroll by $780,649.

Joe Kuether was the only player in the top 20 to trend up in the last week. He had a deep run in the Bike’s Mega Millions XII event where he finished in 47th place for 11.72 POY points. He’s had a solid 2015 so far with five final tables in ten cashes, including his $1 million runner-up score in the PCA $25,000 High Roller.

It should be noted that Kuether has additional points that have yet to hit his score as official results were not available at the time of running the rankings. He cashed in the Venetian DSEII Main Event for $6,958 and 14.30 POY points.

Petrangelo is in second place with an average cash of $125,512 in seven events. Just one of the six cashes was outside the final table and four of his scores were good for six-figures.

Andreas Samuelsson isn’t a well-known player in the U.S., but he began his year with 20th place in the PCA Main Event for $58,020 and 54 POY points. His next two cashes were back-to-back tournament wins at EPT Malta – first he took down and Eight-handed Turbo event for $57,873 and then a Six-handed Turbo event for $57,712 and 132 and 187 POY points respectively.

The top 20 spots are filled out by mostly American and European players and they’ll have a couple of big opportunites for POY points in the coming weeks. The World Poker Tour kicks of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Florida over the weekend and the WPT World Championship at the Borgatta kicks off a day later in New Jersey. The European Poker Tour still has the Grand Final in Monaco beginning April 28.

2015 BLUFF Player of the Year Standings (as of April 15)

  1. Dzmitry Urbanovich – 605.13 (-)
  2. Nick Petrangelo – 601.74 (-)
  3. Steve O’Dwyer – 561.56 (-)
  4. Anthony Zinno – 544.50 (-)
  5. Taylor Paur – 524.14 (-)
  6. Tom Marchese – 470.00 (-)
  7. Scott Seiver – 432.16 (-)
  8. Joe Kuether – 429.22 (+4)
  9. Jose Montes – 427.25 (-1)
  10. Atanas Kavrakov – 422.59 (-1)
  11. Ivan Luca – 420.20 (-1)
  12. Stephen Chidwick – 417.88 (-1)
  13. Yuguang Li – 411.75 (-)
  14. Jean Montury – 406.32 (-)
  15. Andreas Samuelsson – 373.00 (-)
  16. Kevin Schulz – 360.00 (-)
  17. Pratyush Buddiga – 353.80 (-)
  18. Alexander Trevallion – 331.60 (-)
  19. Marc Etienne McLaughlin – 328.30 (-)
  20. Sorel Mizzi – 311.28 (-)

Dropped from Rankings: N/A

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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